Tuesday, April 10, 2012

My Favorite Verse Novels, part one: Love that Dog

Love that Dog, by Sharon Creech, is the most wonderfully darling book I have ever read. It is the story of a boy named Jack who is struggling to learn to write poetry, and he finds that the best way to express himself through his poems is to dig down deep and write about his love for a small yellow dog.

I love this book because every little poem, every line in this book packs such a punch! I love how Sharon gets the story across so succinctly, with so few words. I love the imagery. I love that I feel emotionally connected to a little boy named Jack.

If you haven't read this book, you should. If you have never read a novel in verse, if you never thought you would enjoy a novel in verse, you should begin with this one. Maybe you will fall in love with it, like I did. And then read its sequel, Hate that Cat. You won't be sorry.


  1. Can't WAIT to get this book!!

  2. Becky, I'd love for you to share about your verse novel reading at my blog. Could I interest you in writing up a little something? It could be anything: your reading list, your thoughts, a review, etc.

    If you're interested, shoot me an email: caroline starr AT yahoo DOT com.

  3. Sounds great, Caroline!


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